A Workshop on the predicament of being stuck and frustrated:
3 CE credits /CME's for Psychiatrists, for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors

Undoing Stuckness

presented by:

Harriet Meek, PhD

A 3-hour Conference for Mental Health Professionals of all disciplines. This program is at an Intermediate level of instruction. Three (3) CE credits.

Saturday April 22, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

University of New Mexico Medical School College of Nursing and Pharmacy, Albuquerque, NM Room 359

At some point in our lives most of us experience a period of feeling stuck. We can’t accomplish something we expected ourselves to be able to do. For the most part, we are eventually able to figure out a way to complete these tasks, but sometimes we stay stuck. It is this latter group of people that I will be talking about. I will be considering the dilemmas of competent people who would have reason to think they could complete a particular task but aren’t managing to do it. The quick tricks for accomplishing this haven’t worked.

I have found it is helpful to listen for less conscious thoughts, beliefs, and emotions as part of the process of undoing this stuckness and it is this that I will be discussing. This can be a fairly time consuming process, requiring both therapist and patient to learn to listen carefully below the surface of communications, but it is often successful, resulting in valuable productions such as books, dissertations and new programs. I should also add that I’ve found nothing will stop this process faster than a "frontal" or direct approach.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will able to:



Dr Harriet Meek was trained as a clinical social worker at Smith College School for Social Work. On graduation, she came to New Mexico, where she was employed in child, family and health programs, living for a time on the Mescalero Apache Reservation and eventually returning to Albuquerque where she worked at the former Child Guidance Center. For two years in the early 1970s, she also lived and worked in rural downeast Maine, developing a community mental health program. Again returning to Albuquerque, she returned to the Child Guidance Center as a therapist, also administering the Big Brother/Sister Program as it became an independent agency. Later she worked in the Psychiatry Consultation Unit at UNM Hospital, one of the favorite positions of her career.

Between 1975 and 1980 Dr Meek also began a private practice where she did more in-depth treatment of adults and began to realize she needed further training to help patients to go deeper than allowed by her earlier training. She returned to Smith for a PhD for a clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. On completion, it seemed important to look more deeply into the work of the British Independent group and she was accepted for a postdoctoral training, spending two years in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic Adult Department where she deepened her understanding of psychoanalysis. On return to the USA in 1985, she developed a clinical, consultative and supervisory practice in Chicago where she worked both in inner city agencies and in a “ivory tower” downtown office, which made for an interesting combination. She also spent a number of years as a psychotherapist in a very good outpatient clinic where she developed a two-year psychotherapy training program for social workers and counselors who needed post-master’s clinical training. During this period she completed much of the psychoanalytic training at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis and began teaching at the Institute for Clinical Social Work. Later she took a full time job teaching in a new social work program at Governors State University, but she missed New Mexico and was very glad when she was offered a position back in Albuquerque in 2001 with the charge of helping to establish the then-new MSW program for NMSU. She now has a small private practice, teaches in a distance human service program at Walden University and is again on the distance faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago.


There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.


PSYCHOLOGISTS: Three (3) Continuing Education credits will be available for this activity. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists must attend the entire program and complete the evaluation form.
COUNSELORS: The New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board will accept these Continuing Education credits for counselors.
SOCIAL WORKERS: The New Mexico Social Work Board will accept these Continuing Education credits for social workers.
NURSES: The New Mexico Board of Nursing accepts continuing education approved through Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services or the American Psychological Association if related to a licensee's nursing practice.
PHYSICIANS: This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) through the joint providership of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) and the New Mexico Psychoanalytic Society. RMCHCS is accredited by the New Mexico Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. RMCHCS designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please pre-register via PayPal on our website or by mail to PO Box 53115, Albuquerque, NM 87153-3115

Refund Policy:
Refunds will be offered with written notice at least 24 hours prior to the program.
Attendance Policy - General:
Evaluation forms are distributed toward the end of a program. A CE certificate is issued to all participants in exchange for a completed evaluation form.
Attendance Policy for a Workshop or Conference:
If a physician is unable to attend the entire program, their medical CE credits will reflect just the portion of the program they attended.
If you have any questions please contact our program committee chair, Dr. David Landau at dlandaumd@hotmail.com

Members FREE
Non Members $45
Students with ID $25